It's the final time of the year to cast a line in New York state waters for free this year and the Governor wants everyone to take advantage of it. It coincides with Veterans Day to also honor those who have served.
If you fish in rivers and lakes near the Adirondacks, you will be pleasantly surprised. The New York Department of Environmental Conservation has teamed up with local hatcheries to stock more fish. This will allow fishermen to fish late in the fall.
We know there are many places for good fishing in Upstate New York, but one of the greats just showed us how it's down on our own turf.
Hank Parker, a well-known bass fisherman and host of "Hank Parker's Outdoor Magazine", took a trip up to New York for some good fishing...
Some people don't believe me when I tell them that 30 and 40 pound fish are being caught in the Hudson River, in the area between Albany and Troy right now. Each year in the spring, Striped bass or Morone saxatilis, for you fish species experts, can be caught in the Hudson River all the way up to the Troy dam. BIG ONES!
New York is a big state. Therefore fisheries near Buffalo likely face different challenges than those in Westchester. The Empire State prides itself in regulations but sometimes has to simplify those rules in order to accommodate such a large area of different terrain. The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation made some of those adaptations on Tuesday.
There are 45 different fish species classified for state records with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Some of them, like the 69 pound 15 ounce Muskie that Arthur Lawton caught on the St. Lawrence River on September 22, 1957 or the 46 pound 2 ounce Northern Pike that Peter Dubuc caught in the Great Sacandaga Lake on September 15, 1940 may never be broken.
If you have never seen pods of striped bass and bluefish feeding on massive schools of baitfish, so close to shore that you can touch the fish, then you probably haven't been to Montauk, New York in the month of October. Now people say to me, 'Oh I've seen fish come to the top and feed on other fish.' Sorry, it's not the same. Picture a football field of ten to twenty pound fish, packed closely together, in a complete frenzy, feeding on a baitfish called bunker. It is truly a phenomenon that's jaw dropping.
This weekend marks National Hunting and Fishing Day and will also allow New Yorkers to have a full day of free fishing. There are several free fishing days throughout the year and this one will be held Saturday, September 25th in all New York waterways. This free fishing day will be the fifth out of the sixth of the year.